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Spread the Word, NOT the Germs

How clean is your home and how safe is your food? Without realizing it, we often contaminate our food in our own homes. While bathrooms get a bad rap when it comes to germs, it's the kitchen that actually harbors more bacteria laden items than any other room in the home.

Contamination happens in the simplest ways. We all know not to cut a raw chicken on a cutting board, and then cut raw vegetables to eat. But did you know that the 'clean' counter you just set a cookie on was recently wiped with an un-sanitized sponge? The moist, micro-crevices that make a sponge such an effective cleaning device also make it a cozy home for germs and more difficult to disinfect. The germs not only lurk in sponges but throughout our homes including; sink drains, cutting boards, re-usable grocery bags, cell phones, computer key boards and more!

According to WebMd, these are the same germs that cause flu, colds and other illnesses that spread through our homes like wild fire. One single bacteria cell can become more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours! The number of bacteria it takes to make people sick can range from as few as 10 up to millions. And infections spread when germs are transferred from a contaminated item (like your cutting board) to your hands and to your body.

To help people learn more about the daily interactions with food and food borne illnesses, Maines Paper & Food Service Inc. has launched a new website, The educational website provides a series of resources focused on food safety and home sanitation. "Consumers have a false sense of security that their food is safe, yet it's their own habits that are usually contaminating the food they eat," said Keeping it Kleen's Operations Director, Julie Lovelass. "None of us plan to contaminate our food but it's the little things we never think of that often make us sick: not washing our hands after texting, using bacteria laden re-usable shopping bags, having our pets in the kitchen, using an un-sanitized sponge to wipe the counter, not having our refrigerators cold enough...and so much more".

According to the Public-Education Group Hygiene Council, 80% of the 76 million cases of food poisoning are believed to be caused at home not at a restaurant. Restaurants are inspected and regulated by Health Officials yet no one is overseeing what happens at home. Take the Keeping it Kleen quiz to see how your kitchen hygiene measures up, learn about the riskiest foods in your kitchen, proper cooking temperatures, thawing foods properly and more.

So the next time you text on your cell phone and eat your lunch, think twice about proper hand washing first...spread the word, not the germs!


Top 10 Riskiest Foods in Your Kitchen:

Spinach, Eggs, Tuna, Oysters,  potatoes, cheese, ice cream, tomatoes, berries and sprouts

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